Participation in management training in a transitioning context: A case of China Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractThis phenomenological study explores critical issues related to participation in human resource development (HRD) interventions. Specifically focusing on master of business administration (M.B.A.) training programs in China, we conducted indepth individual interviews with twelve middlelevel managers to understand their perceptions and experience of this academic program during the country's recent transitional period. The findings suggest that HRD participation in a specific transitioning cultural context may present features that have not been explored by previous learning participation studies in either HRD or adult education. In the light of the transitioning nature of the Chinese cultural context, we derived three propositions for future research on HRD learning participation. Practical implications for learning participation are also drawn based on the results of the study.

published proceedings

  • Human Resource Development Quarterly

author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, J., & Wang, G. G.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Wang, Jia||Wang, Greg G

publication date

  • December 2006